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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    An especially delightful experience to watch this with my college students, most of whom, fresh young things that they are, had never seen it before.  Most, too, had absolutely no idea The Scene was coming. No idea about the other surprise, either then, of course, which they thought was brilliant and very gross (in the best way possible). 

    (Incidentally, I am so old.)

  • Algie, the Miner

    Algie, the Miner

    Throw off those frills, get yourself a good hat and a much bigger gun ("gun"?), and you'll get both respect and your gal (even if a gal isn't really what you want). 
    A.K.A, How America Makes "Men" out of Sissies, and Other Myths of the American West. 

    That's the story on the surface anyway. There's a lot packed into 10 minutes, and I can't help but think there's a bit of sly critique going on here, too, especially given Alice…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    She's adorably sweet (but super sexy in a hot little work uniform number)
    She's totally into you the moment she lays eyes on you (but, you know, not in a slutty way)
    Her interests exactly align with yours (she might tell you about a new song but she'll glow over your amazing tastes)
    She's immediately sympathetic with you (not nasty and suspicious of men like some women)
    She's wonderfully innocent (but totally down for a bit of crime on the…

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★★½

    Love & Friendship opened in Bellingham yesterday to a happy crowd of - wait for it - older women. Genuinely puzzled, my daughters, whom I had brought with me to the screening, commented on the sea of graying feminine heads. Jane Austen, so the perception goes, is just for the ladies.

    I'm a fan of a number of Jane Austen adaptations, the Andrew Davies/Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, of course, as well as the Emma Thompson/Ang Lee collaboration, Sense and…